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Morning Word: On Snow, WIPP and Wolves

January 5, 2017, 7:30 am

Snow on the Way?
Forecasters at the National Weather Service have announced a winter weather advisory for the north and central regions of New Mexico beginning at 6 pm. They say the mountains could see up to 6 inches of snow before Friday night. Check out opensnow.com for the prediction from a powder chaser recently featured in the Santa Fe Reporter.

WIPP in Action 
Workers on Wednesday moved nuclear waste drums into an underground storage facility in southeastern New Mexico that's been closed for three years. Watchdog groups say the work is risky, but the US Department of Energy and officials in Carlsbad says it's a day worth celebrating. 

Power Push
A proposal to build 33 miles of electricity transmission lines across federal territory "isn’t permitted under the management plan for the land," according to what The Santa Fe New Mexican learned from the Bureau of Land Management. As part of its next step in evaluation of the Verde Transmission Project, the BLM must decide whether to amend the plan. 
 
Missing Lobos
More endangered Mexican gray wolves disappeared in 2016 than in any single year since the federal government began reintroducing the predators in New Mexico and Arizona in 1998.

Javi-Year
As Santa Fe considers hiking its mayoral salary again in 2018, a data-viz analysis of public documents shows how Mayor Javier Gonzales has spent the last year, including where he likes to dine, which city councilors he sees privately more than others, and his busy travel schedule. 

No Motor
Environmental lawyers say a plan that provides "vitally important landscape protections for the Santa Fe National Forest" has survived another challenge. The Albuquerque Journal reports on a federal judge's ruling in repeat case from off-roaders who didn't like being banned from some forest trails.    

Final Flight
The aging F-4 Phantom jets at Holloman Air Force Base took their final flight last month. The primary US bomber between the 1960s and '70s, the plane has been replaced by unmanned craft stationed at the base near Alamogordo.

Get There
And the last in today's planes, trains and automobiles section: Did you know you can ride the Rail Runner to the capital city and connect with the Mountain Trail buses that travel all the way to Ski Santa Fe? Some of the SFR staff recently learned just how cool the bus tire chains can be. Safe travels. Let it snow. 

 

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